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Old 10-31-07, 09:15 AM
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Halloween Thread: Scariest Bike Incident

C'mon folks, it's Halloween. Get with the spirit: Recount your scariest bike incident.

I'll start: I was 16 (and yes, this was the early '80s -- OK, that's scary enough) and on a youth hostel tour of Oregon and California. Going down Highway One, I was on my buddy's wheel, but we'd slowed quite a bit. I was too young to know that it can be more dangerous to ride close to someone at a *slow* speed. He swerved. I flipped -- literally. Landed right in the middle of the lane, on my head (well, my helmet, thank goodnes). Bike landed right next to me -- again, thank goodness, b/c 25 lbs of panniers/tent/etc. added to the bike impact would not have been fun. Trip leader blazed over and pulled me off the road and started asking me questions about what year it was and who was president. I was blurry for a few minutes, but I was young, dumb and strong... climbed back on the bike and rode the rest of our route.

Next? Don't confine yourself to accidents; stories can be funny incidents, pranks, weird stuff...
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Old 10-31-07, 01:31 PM
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7 years old, first bike with hand brakes. On day one I was trying to follow my cousins (10+ yrs older) down a big rural hill at top speed. Lets just say I received a "crash course" in which lever activated the front brake. I woke up sans helmet (and missing half my face) lying face down on the asphalt in a strange mixture of blood and dried out dead fish that had been baking on the roadway.

I think my cousins were most scared. They thought I was dead and were terrified at the prosepct of having to tell the adults...
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Old 10-31-07, 01:40 PM
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It's a toss-up: watching my daughter break her arm during an early cycling lesson, and the day that a paint can fell from a garage shelf and covered by road bike in white latex paint.

I got the paint removed in a hurry with a garden hose, but my daughter's arm took a while to heal up.
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It's a toss-up: watching my daughter break her arm during an early cycling lesson, and the day that a paint can fell from a garage shelf and covered by road bike in white latex paint.

I got the paint removed in a hurry with a garden hose, but my daughter's arm took a while to heal up.
you missed a great opportunity for having a sooper-spooky ghost bike. Isn't white "in" too?
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Old 10-31-07, 01:59 PM
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1994: Quill stem bolt snap during high speed descent on PCH in Laguna Beach, resulting in loose stem, no steering.
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Old 10-31-07, 02:13 PM
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Most of my would be scary moments turned out to be rather comical events.

One time when I was really young and jumping my bmx type bike my handle bar stem came right out pulling up for a jump, I somehow managed to land without handlebars and was trying to shove the stem back down in the steerer while the bike was coasting, didnt make it and subsequently crashed, didnt get hurt, just funny really.

Similar situation pulling a wheely my front tire parted with the fork, results in fork drop outs grinding in the pavement and being thrown over the bars, good laugh.
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Waking up strapped to a gurney in an ambulance
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Waking up inside a Lexus and having to open the door to get my bike which was outside (went through the window).
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Opening my eyes post-crash (in a race) finding a bike on top of me with the chainrings about an inch from my throat. Coincidentally, my front tire and tube had been cut in half...
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riding on my SS up 6th avenue. hit 57th street, and took a left against traffic. as it turned out, there was road works going on, on 57th.

a Moishe's moving truck happened to be riding on the shoulder, and at speed.

I hit my brake, and hit it hard. Flipped over the front of the bike and rolled. Watched my bike turn into a pretzel, as the Truck rolled past, +/-6" from my left foot. the truck stopped, to see if i was OK. i picked up my mangled bike, said i was fine, and walked on.

That's about the closest I've ever come to kissing a limb goodbye. Shock can be an amazing thing.

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Several, though all with happy endings at least for me.

Diding up Fernwood Pacific (off Topanga Canyon) I see 3 big dogs I'd say the biggest was larger than either of my current 100 lb dogs, the other 2 slightly smaller are on a rise well above the road. They come flying down toward me. No way to run, no where to hide. But as they get closer I realize no real barking and tails waging. Clipped out anyway just in case they were jumpers. Biggest problem to get them to go back home, they wanted more petting.

Hitting a patch of what I thought was rough road only to find it was gravel. Luckily I stayed up. It could have been nasty as this was the access road to fire camp 9 (think I have the number right) so I was alone in the middle of nowhere.

On the first day of the Land Rush getting to where a 'rest stop' was marked on the route slip at a bit over the 100 mile mark to find .... Nothing except a street sign letting me know for sure this 'corner' where the one lane road turned right and changed names was where the truck should have been. I figured I missed the support window and was in the middle on nowhere short on water. Found out different a couple of miles later. The rest stop was moved, but the route slips did not say so.

Circling buzzards when you are tired can be a bit spooky. Never quite so happy to come across some roadkill and know they were not for me.

But number 1 is coming down sepulveda pass into the San Fernando vally only to come upon finished roadwork. Several patches about 10 by 20 feet. The first one was flush, but the second had about a 1" lip that caught my wheel. I was fighting to keep control and stay up. I was winning the fight, but still not entirely in control when the next patch came. I was scr3w3d, no way I could keep from hitting the next lip. But that one was flush. I took it very careful the rest of the way down. The truely scarry part? On next weeks SFVBC ride I found out that about 45 minutes after us the Wheelman came through and one of the ladies went down ending up with a broken collarbone and ruptured spleen.
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Old 10-31-07, 04:52 PM
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I live in West Palm Beach and there are a lot of divided roads with concrete medians. About 2 weeks ago I was riding along and someone made a left hand turn into my lane head straight on with me! I really didn't have anywhere to go. And he didn't realize he was going to wrong way! So I got as close as I could to the sidewalk and brushed past.

All the cars behind me let him know he was going the wrong way.
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I was finishing up a ride through the countryside a couple of years ago and it was getting dark. It was a warmish near the end of summer day and the sun had just gone down past the horizon. There was just enough light to be able to see the road as I was passing the empty farm fields. Each field I passed had the that creep tule (tooley) fog on the ground like the kind of fog you see in movies. Like I said before, it was fairly warm so it surprised me as I felt a breeze passing the first field. The second field gave the same cool breeze which gave me a spine shiver. Being the wuss that I am, it creeped me out and I booked it home fast. Yeah, I know I'm a wuss but I didn't want to face farmer zombie.
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Excellent tales of horror, my two-wheeled friends. I must admit to feeling a bit queasy over some of them, and isn't that what H'ween is all about?
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When I ride alone through the big bad woods I'm sure I'm being shadowed by a mountain lion.
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Old 11-01-07, 08:23 AM
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Waking up strapped to a gurney in an ambulance
+1 then back out and reawakening in the OR
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I was about 5-6 and had one of those BMX bikes with all the fenders and plastic to make it look like a dirt bike.
I was a block away from my house when two kids the same age as me stopped me and showed me a steak knife and demanded my bike. I gave it to them and ran all the way home to tell my mom. We hopped in the car and looked around. I spotted the bike behind some bushes in a parking lot. I jumped out of the car (looking around in fear) grabbed my bike and rode home.
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When I ride alone through the big bad woods I'm sure I'm being shadowed by a mountain lion.

Oh that's a good one! I forgot about that. Whenever I ride solo in the hills of the Bay Area (around Stanford to the coast) I think of that. Me pedaling a snails pace up an insane hill through prime cougar habitat. Sweat pouring, heavier breathing... Each switchback seems like a prime opportunity for kitty to pounce on me and drag me off into the scrub oak for a snack. Sometimes it is better not to know what is out there. Same thing in Colorado. If most people knew how many lions there are all over the foothills in my area they would never consider many of the trails again much less let their pooches off leash.
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7 years old. Riding my buddy's BMX bike down a hill, no hands, steering with my feet which were on the forks. Bad idea...

Went into the death wobble of all death wobbles, head first over the handle bars and face first on the tarmac. Scraped up my chin really good.

Oh to be a kid again!
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I helped my brother buy an R3...at the last minuet, he decided on Dura Ace over Record.

oooo...scaryy.

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On my mountain bike, bombing down a trail and coming around a blind corner to find a giant porcupine right in the middle of the trail, I slammed on the brakes and stopped just short of it. Instead of running it hissed at me. Had I have hit it, it would have been more than just a punctured tire I would have been dealing with....

Another time when mountain biking seeing a black bear up ahead on the trail. I did a 180 and sped on out of there.

On my road bike, coming down the road at around 20MPH and having to make a quick left hander in front of oncoming traffic. As I am making the turn, my front tube blows and I am now skidding through the turn with my front tire flat and the wheel turned at a 90 degree angle, with a car coming right at me. I slid right through the turn and into the grass on the other side, how I managed to stay upright I'll never know. I sat down for a bit after that.

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In college. Riding down ful throttle down this looong false-flat boulevard in our area, going to meet this great girl I've been trying to go out with for a while... A car starts to back out of a driveway ahead of me... Has he seen me? Yes, he just stopped, brake lights are on, he's not moving anymore... No, he's BANG! Hit right pedal on the rear bumper, next image is me on the ground knocking my head on the pavement (helmets were not the in thing then), then 30-pound steel-belted bike lands on me. Luckily, the pavement was brand new so I did not lose all my skin, and I did not break my head. The people in the car are running to me, are you ok, are you ok??? And all I'm thinking about is the girl - of course I'm ok, let me go, I have to go...
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When I first got a road bike and saw myself in the mirror in skin tight bib shorts and jersey....

Absolutely terrifying.

I was quite portly.

Still, I feel much better now.
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On my mountain bike, bombing down a trail and coming around a blind corner to find a giant porcupine right in the middle of the trail, I slammed on the brakes and stopped just short of it. Instead of running it hissed at me. Had I have hit it, it would have been more than just a punctured tire I would have been dealing with....

Another time when mountain biking seeing a black bear up ahead on the trail. I did a 180 and sped on out of there.

On my road bike, coming down the road at around 20MPH and having to make a quick left hander in front of oncoming traffic. As I am making the turn, my front tube blows and I am now skidding through the turn with my front tire flat and the wheel turned at a 90 degree angle, with a car coming right at me. I slid right through the turn and into the grass on the other side, how I managed to stay upright I'll never know. I sat down for a bit after that.
Wow, two GREAT stories. I especially like the image of the porcupine hissing at you...
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And all I'm thinking about is the girl - of course I'm ok, let me go, I have to go...
Ah.... To be YOUNG again.
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When I first got a road bike and saw myself in the mirror in skin tight bib shorts and jersey....

Absolutely terrifying.

I was quite portly.

Still, I feel much better now.
Hilarious.... I think we can ALL relate to that!!!
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